Welcome to Memory Keepers

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The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is focused on collaborative research to improve dementia outcomes in Indigenous and rural communities. Led by Dr. Kristen Jacklin, the team will work to preserve brain health through collaborative, community-based research with rural and Indigenous partners. The origin of the name,” Memory Keepers” Medical Discovery Team is significant. In many American Indian cultures, respected adults and elders of the tribe are responsible for preserving sacred medicine bundles, songs, and stories. In this spirit, the research to preserve brain health will enable American Indian communities to continue to benefit from the wisdom of their adults and elders far into the future.


Advancing the boundaries of health equity research to create innovative interventions to support healthy aging in Indigenous and Rural populations.


The mission of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is to support an environment of Team Science to conduct community-based participatory action research on dementia in Indigenous and rural communities with the aim of achieving health equity.

Core Values

We see health and illness as holistic encompassing mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Our research strives to understand the biological, social, and cultural construction of disease, illness, and health in order to improve diagnoses, develop community health interventions and improve education for dementia within the context of geographic and cultural diversity.

We assume a strengths-based approach that values western, local, and Indigenous knowledge and seeks to synthesize these different ways of understanding into innovative forms of scientific explanation and knowledge translation.